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Are There Careers for Physics Degrees?
You probably already know that first year physics is a requirement for many professional programs. If you are taking physics as a prerequisite for life-science professions such as medicine, or pharmacy, or taking physics or astronomy as a subsidiary subject to broaden your degree, then we welcome you to our department.
There are many other career opportunities in which physics is a major requirement: geo-sciences, engineering, architecture, computer-related programs, environmental studies, technicians, science educators. There will also be some small number of you who will decide you like physics enough to consider it as your major. Grenfell Campus of Memorial University now offers a single discipline B.Sc. with a major in Physics. A minor in Physics is also available.
Physics majors can pursue a wide range of careers. However, a survey done by the U.S. Department of Labor found that a physics degree was an excellent preparation for many careers not necessarily associated with physics (e.g. law, business, medicine). Employers value the technical and problem-solving skills that students acquire in the course of their physics studies.
Here are some excellent articles about careers open to those with a background in physics:
For those who are interested in Physics as a career choice, options for each level of study are summarized below:
With Honours B.Sc. in Physics:
After the completion of the Honours Physics program, many more jobs are available if students pursue postgraduate studies in physics and related fields. (Information about admission to graduate study and Physics research areas at MUN is available from the Graduate Studies brochure page.) A graduate degree involves more concentrated study in the particular area the student chooses. This would include course work and a research thesis. An M.Sc. typically takes one or two years to complete, a Ph.D. could take an additional three to five years.
With M.Sc. in Physics:
With Ph.D. in Physics:
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